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How to Live a Selfish Miserable Life-and Fail at It!

Sunday, June 19, AD 2016


“He wanted as many kids between him and the audience as possible.”

Eddie Foy, Jr.



The Seven Little Foys (1955) is a highly interesting Bob Hope comedy/drama.  It is amusing like most Bob Hope films, but I have also found it intriguing because Hope portrays Foy at the beginning of the film as a selfish loner who wants absolutely nothing to do with a wife, let alone kids.  In the film his ambitions to lead a selfish solitary life are thwarted by love.  First, love for his wife and then, after her death, love for their numerous children.  At the end of the film we even see love of God starting to enter into Foy’s life, as he goes to Mass for the first time in years.  His attempt to lead a life devoted to self alone ends in flat failure!

Like most Hollywood films some of the details of the actual Foy and his children are distorted, but it does not deter from the central message of the film.  Humans only have true happiness by loving others and doing good for them.  It seems a simple enough concept, and it certainly lies at the heart of Catholicism, but most of the evil in the world is a testament to how elusive many people find this core truth of human life.

Seeing Foy throughout the film grow into the role of father, with many hurdles, makes it a great film for Father’s day.  Go here for film clips from the film.

I cannot leave this film without showing the clip of the legendary dance routine between Bob Hope and James Cagney, reprising his role from Yankee Doodle Dandy as James M. Cohan.  Cagney had his salary for the role donated to charity, regarding it as a tribute to Eddie Foy, who in the twenties had helped out struggling young actors, including Cagney.

What do you need friends for?… you’ve got all the friends and enemies you need right here in the family.

Eddie Foy (Bob Hope), The Seven Little Foys (1955)


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  • I believe that I will be judged (and I judge myself) by how much I love and by how much I do for and give to my sons, brothers and sisters; not by how much I am loved or by how much I receive. I have far more control over how much I love and how much I give.
    More importantly, God bless all fathers, and especially, O Lord, protect those deployed.

Bob Hope Show: Christmas 1945

Wednesday, December 30, AD 2015

Broadcast on December 18, 1945, the Bob Hope Christmas show for 1945 gives an interesting insight into America as it observed its first peacetime Christmas in five years.  Hope mentions product shortages in his jokes and in a skit the housing shortage comes up.  His guest star was actor Wayne Morris.  Morris had served as a Navy flier, shooting down seven Japanese planes and contributing to the sinking of five ships, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Commander.  He earned four Distinguished Flying Crosses and two Air Medals.  A rising star before the War, Morris never recovered from putting his career on hiatus during the War.  He spent the rest of his career mostly in low budget Westerns.  He died of a heart attack in 1959 at age 45 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

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  • “A rising star before the War, Morris never recovered from putting his career on hiatus during the War.”

    It’s amazing to me how these brave young men were able to return home and try to fit right back into their respective careers. It must of been frustrating. How does one clear the mind of years of traumatic or near death experiences?

    God bless each of our Vet’s. As for Bob Hope.
    An icon. The lives he touched, especially the combat solider. The bar he set for future entertainer’s is an extremely high one.
    God bless Mr. Hope.

Bob Hope on Thanksgiving: 1950

Friday, November 27, AD 2015


Bob Hope spent many holidays away from his home entertaining the troops, and in this 1950 Thanksgiving message he reminds us of those who stand guard over our nation and often eat their Thanksgiving turkey far from home as a result.  God bless and keep them and their families.

Hope had already been to Korea to entertain the troops, even beating the Marines ashore at Wonsan on the east coast of North Korea!  He would be back to entertain the troops again, continuing his tradition of service that would stretch a half century from World War II to Desert Storm.  Hope was a comedic genius, in his prime perhaps the greatest American stand up comedian.  However, what I remember him for is the true patriotism that caused him, whether a war was popular or unpopular, to endure discomfort and danger to bring a smile to Americans far from home serving their country.  He was born in England, but he might as well have been born in the heart of America on the Fourth of July.

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  • Democrats seem to come in four varieties nowadays: those for whom it is an identity affiliation, but not one which gets their juices flowing because they do not really follow public affairs; those who have a fundamentally sentimental or silly attachment to one or another nostrum or posture and who make a habit of not thinking anything through, those who constitute something of a contempt group (if not hate group) whose entire advocacy is a set of postures and status games; a few wonks like Mark Kleiman; and a few reasonably pleasant old men like Mark Shields. Most of the crew attempting to make a name for themselves as commentators are type 3.

  • I always thought that Democrats were people who felt that anything that got their panties should be national policy .

  • I intend to share that video with all my Democrat acquaintances (as a matter of policy I have no Democrat friends – one doesn’t befriend baby murderers and sodomy sanctifiers).

  • “Democrats seem to come in four varieties nowadays: those for whom it is an identity affiliation, but not one which gets their juices flowing because they do not really follow public affairs; those who have a fundamentally sentimental or silly attachment to one or another nostrum or posture and who make a habit of not thinking anything through, those who constitute something of a contempt group (if not hate group) whose entire advocacy is a set of postures and status games; a few wonks like Mark Kleiman; and a few reasonably pleasant old men like Mark Shields. Most of the crew attempting to make a name for themselves as commentators are type 3.”

    Where do those who think they are entitled to the money made by the sweat of other citizen’s brows fit in?

Silver Bells

Saturday, December 13, AD 2014

Something for the weekend.  Silver Bells.  Damon Runyon and Bob Hope make an odd but potent combination in The Lemon Drop Kid (1951).  Based very, very loosely on a short story by Damon Runyon, the film is filled with the usual Runyon collection of colorful and humorous, unlike crooks in real life, gangsters.   Hope takes center stage as the Lemon Drop Kid, a cowardly and incompetent, in other words the personae Hope normally assumed in his film comedies of this period, racetrack tout.   He dreams up a scam involving the establishment of an old age home for old gangster wives and molls in order to pay off gangster Moose Moran the $10,000.00 he owes him, and to escape Moose having surgery performed upon him sans anesthesia.

In the end, nobler sentiments stir within him, and Hope foils the gangsters, saves the old age home and stages an affecting reunion on Christmas eve between an elderly gangster released from prison and his wife, Nellie Thursday, after whom the old age home is named.  Hope is ably supported by a superb cast including Lloyd Nolan, William Frawley and Marilyn Maxwell.  The song Silver Bells featured in the video clip at the beginning of this post, which has become a Christmas favorite, made its debut in this film.

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  • In a movie with some great one, two, and three liners, that line is probably my favorite. The Ghost Breakers and The Paleface were my two favorite Bob Hope movies.

Soldiers In Greasepaint

Friday, November 29, AD 2013

Bob Hope’s NBC radio special “Soldiers in Greasepaint” broadcast on Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 1943.  A salute to millions of brave Americans who were spending Thanksgiving a long way from home seven decades ago.

By the time of World War II Hope was 38 and too old to likely be assigned to a combat area.  He got around that by spending much of his time during the War entertaining troops in combat zones, occasionally coming under fire.  Hope’s genius as a comedian was a rare gift;  a willingness to spend it entertaining American troops was a worthy way of using that gift.

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  • Thanks for these. What a loving, giving man Bob Hope was!

    Why are you accepting ads from, and promoting, on this otherwise fabulous website, the pro-abortion companies Hilton Hotels (which donates to Planned Parenthood) and from General Mills, which donates a minimum of $1million per year to Susan G Komen Race for the Cure – which we all know donates millions to Planned Parenthood?

  • These are google ads. We have no control over them. The ads that show up are based on searches from the computer that logs in to the site. I make zero from any ad revenue, the revenue being used solely to maintain the site. Any further questions should be directed to Tito since I have absolutely no involvement with the ads that appear on TAC.

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  • The wife and I watched it on Halloween night, as we do on every Halloween night. It is one of my favorite lines in the whole movie. Another one is : “I think I will start with an Old Fashioned, and bring it up to date.” The Ghost Breakers is my favorite Bob Hope movie.

Bob Hope: Thanks for the Memory

Saturday, December 29, AD 2012

Something for the weekend.  The song Thanks for the Memory made immortal by comedian Bob Hope.  One of the great stand up comedians of all time, Hope was also a true patriot:

For fifty years Bob Hope entertained US troops, from 1941-1991, from World War 2 to the Gulf War.  He brought old jokes, delivered in an unforgettable style, beautiful starlets, and a touch of home to troops far away from home.   As long as there is a US military Bob Hope will never be forgotten.  I have had many veterans tear up when recalling attending a Bob Hope show in a war zone, a bright moment in a fairly grim period of their lives.

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Die Republicans Die!

Thursday, November 1, AD 2012

Language, violence and common sense warning for the above video.

Remember those calls for civility which emanated from the Left last year when Congresswoman Giffords was shot by a madman, that is when, often times, the same people were not attempting to pin the crime on conservatives?  Well, judging from the above video, some people on the Left do not.  This bloody Republican killing fantasy is the work of a gay rights activist.  Here is a statement he made in a story on The Blaze:


The metaphor of Republicans as zombies is unfortunately very appropriate because their heartless opposition to gay marriage, healthcare, and climate change science is a political infection that if not fought back, will be deadly to the lives of millions of Americans,” explained Luke Montgomery, RepublicanZombieDefense.com’s founder and a prominent gay rights activist.

“It is unbelievable that we live in an age when millions of Americans continue to be denied the right to marry, based on their sexual orientation,” he continued. “Progress is being made to eliminate this archaic way of thinking, but allowing Republicans to take the White House in 2012 will deal a huge setback to marriage equality.”

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  • I think if Obama is re-elected, we’ll see laws enacted to even restrict conservative Christian blogs who talk against homosexual marriage and abortion on demand. And yes, I agree that Obama is a symptom of the underlying problem, but this “Republicans are zombies” theme is growing and growing. There are two very, very smart engineers with whom I work who have drunk deeply of the sea of purple koolaide that is Obamania. No logic will persuade them otherwise that Romney isn’t evil. This infestation of rot has seeped well into the cerebral cortex of most every liberal there is. I do not know why these people are so deceived, but it goes back to the warnings in Sacred Scripture about the devil’s deception and people not being able to perceive the truth.

  • “I think if Obama is re-elected, we’ll see laws enacted to even restrict conservative Christian blogs who talk against homosexual marriage and abortion on demand.”

    My lawsuit over it Paul would be a wonder to behold.

  • I would contribute in whatever small way that my finances permit to that law suit. It might be just a hundred bucks, but I would contribute.

  • The lawsuit would be on me Paul. It would be immense fun!

  • Would that there were skits etc. from such as Bob Hope, Jack Benny, Milton Berle, even Johnny Carson, Harvey Korman, Carol Burnett, Benny Hill, John Cleese, Phyllis Diller, Steve Allen, Jayne Meadows, the Smothers Brothers and so many other civilized senses of humor that we’ve enjoyed up to just a few years ago.

    These days, reaction to the Clint Eastwood skit and the above (I won’t play it) for the incumbent’s party shows a humorless mentality of dangerous lunacy. Smiles to sneers. They don’t feel well.

    All Souls’ Day includes all, though.

  • We need to ask ourselves “What do you Catholics believe when you proclaim, I believe in one God the Father almighty…….and in all that is seen and unseen (or visible and invisible as it is now)? These are not and must not be just words to a devout and conscientious follower of Christ and faithful Catholic. Hopefully you are saying we are aware of the forces of Evil constantly surrounding us trying in any way to tug, tease, or tempt us from accomplishing our mission to do God’s will among men. We realize we live in an imperfect world as the result of sin which lives in those Evil forces attempting to steal as much of mankind as possible from the shelter of Christ’s sacrifice of Love within the Fathers house. Understanding this allows us to look beyond what is obvious for the unseen within what men propose as solutions to our problems or methods to improve conditions or in the vain attempts to tamper with the very physical elements of life itself. These are the areas where the powerful forces of Evil can disguise themselves as benevolent benefits or evolving enlightenment for a society too eager to advance to an earthly man made Utopia without pain or consequence and privilege without price.
    Our Lord came seen as a humble but faithful servant of our Father in heaven teaching the ways of the Father of Love but also clearly acknowledging the ever invisible presence of the devious deception of Evil opposed to His Will, promising us that whoever would believe in Him shall be worthy of the unseen Glory of God awaiting redeemed mankind.
    We may consider what we have seen in recent years as our modern western society’s height of human achievement and marvel at our technological accomplishments but at the same time are we not also witnessing the unforeseen but now obvious collapsing of it both morally and economically?
    Far too often in recent history we have witnessed how leaders have avoided the moral challenges in the light of truth and chosen do their work in the cool comfort of demagogy darkness where their deeds are less visible and the sleepy eyed gatekeepers have often been unwilling to sound the alarm for fear of disturbing the peace and complacency. As a result decisions have been made, choices are in place, and worst of all we have changed our language and vocabulary to fit an agenda contrary to our conscience. An unborn child is no longer a human being. Killing it is not a crime it is a right. Pregnancy is a disease or at the very least, as our own president has declared, it is a punishment for poor hygiene practice. Preventing pregnancy is praised and to be rewarded by a benevolent Federal government with free contraception for women and young school aged girls. All the while the same government disallows any mention of God in all its public schools and buildings. Religious liberty is no longer constitutionally protected but subject to the interpretation of bureaucrats in Washington. Free speech is soon to be a thing of the past as power hungry elitists and legislators have assumed the role of judges of vocabulary allowed to determine what can be publicly permissible speech. Every Christian value which helped build the shinning city on the hill is being challenged or cast aside to establish the Utopia of fools and it is time for us to unmask and reveal the Evil presence in the public policies proposed by the blind or misguided individuals perpetuating the corruption of our culture. The most potent weapon of Evil is our unwillingness to recognize its existence among us.

  • Why weren’t the same videos run against Bill Clinton, Al Gore, John Kerry and yes Barack Obama before three months ago? I have another question. What did the Democrats do to make a Million Moms vanish? In year 2000 a Million Moms appeared to march in full cry for gun control. Then Al Gore lost the election.and the million moms disappeared. I demand to know. What did the Democrats do to those million moms?

    I think to answer one is to answer all.

  • ^i think it was obvious to a lot of people that Obama’s “personal opposition” to same-sex marriage was a political calculation. Why oppose amendments banning it otherwise?

    The thing is that when there is such a concerted effort to write conservatives out of rational discourse, and claim that opposition to same-sex marriage is the same as being for Jim Crow, you get people so convinced of the purity of their cause that they think videos like this are justified. “We will not tolerate intolerance” etc. that’s why this won’t be one by which side successfully out-tolerances the other (a pointless argument anyway, as no one is under any obligation to tolerate something they think is wrong.) really what’s needed is a pushback against the whole idea that “equality” necessitates same-sex marriage and, by extension, obliterating gender distinctions. Look at what’s happening in France — Parent 1 and Parent 2 on forms. Sure it’s just a bureaucratic detail, but I think it gets to the heart of why people don’t like this, pretending two obviously unequal things are the same.

  • I really shouldn’t say “bureaucratic detail” because I think it’s more than that…my point was that while I don’t think same-sex marriage will transform us into some weird androgynous society, this whole Parent 1 Parent 2 business (not to mention putting same-sex parents on the birth certificate) gets to the whole absurdity of it

  • There are always people who think these ideas and tactics are justified. My point here is the same as with the Million Moms. Without express approval by the DNC and their captive media, they are marginalized or suppressed. The minute the DNC thought gun control was a loser they made sure that the million moms would march no more. When Clinton did Defense of Marriage the DNC/media made sure that there was no widespread outcry or vicious videos against Clinton. The widespread nature of the “gay rights” advocacy occurring now is a result of deliberate DNC strategy and support. If they were to be trounced electorally because of it, the DNC would most likely suppress it overnight. That doesn’t mean they would think any differently but simply would stop funding overt and outlandish advocacy they are currently encouraging.

  • JDP

    Some local authorities here in Scotland have begun replacing “Sex male/female” with “Gender male/female/other.” Very Post-Modern.

  • ‘Progress is being made ….’ by this display of hate?

  • While I don’t expect something so utterly banal to have a significant level of introspection involved in its creation, I am at a loss as to what the intended message of this is to those who might be predisposed to succumb to its influence. After all, the zombie slayers are all so stereotyped and end up being as mindless in their words and actions as the zombies.

    Do the creators have such deep-seated contempt for their constituency that they portray them so one-dimensionally? Do they presume that those who watch this have such vacuous minds so as to be swayed by its message?

    Of course, given that the creator’s previous marketing slogan is a contradiction in terms, it’s probably shouldn’t be terribly surprising.

Servant Of God Father Patrick Peyton CSC, Leader Of Rosary Rallies, Founder Of Family Theater

Wednesday, February 9, AD 2011

Many have heard the term, The Family That Prays Together Stays Together. Yet, how many are familiar with the life of Father Patrick Peyton, his rosary rallies which drew millions, and Family Theater which he started in Hollywood in 1947 and is still going strong today?  How many are aware that Father Patrick Peyton drew over 1,000,000 people to several rosary rallies in the 1950s. He even drew over 550,000 to a 1961 San Francisco Rosary Rally, six years before the city became a focal point for the 1960s counter culture revolution and subsequent 1967 Summer of Love. As you can see, when we turn our back to faith, we find ourselves going down a very slippery slope. Yet, Father Patrick Peyton was a true visionary. He saw the slippery morals in tinsel town long before the 1960s and knew he needed to do something to counterbalance what was going on. He knew of Hollywood’s bad influence and moral collapse long before most realized it, and yet he truly believed that Family Theater would one day bring faith back to Hollywood and all who are influenced by her.

Who was this Renaissance man, a man of wealth and privilege, a man of many letters? Hardly, Father Patrick Peyton CSC came to the US during his teen years, penniless, uneducated and according to the world’s precepts harboring little potential. However, before he left the docks of Ireland his mother told him in no uncertain terms that with the Blessed Mother’s aid, he could do great things. After doing manual work for the Holy Cross Fathers he was allowed to enter the seminary at Notre Dame. Yet, shortly before he was to be ordained, he received a dire medical prognosis and it appeared that not only was his ordination in question, but his life itself was in peril. He did the only thing he could, pray unceasingly. His prayers were answered and he thanked the Blessed Mother along with St Joseph, both of which he had a strong devotion. He along with his brother was ordained in 1941.

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  • Why are there no Rosary Rallies?

    In the early 1950’s, as a small child, my father brought me to a Catholic rally in the Polo Grounds in NYC. Not sure if it was a Rosary Rally. One never hears of anything like that in 2011.

    Also, as a child, we lived just north of Yankee Satdium. Each year the Jehova Witnesses would hold a rally there.

    I recommend we Catholics say the Holy Rosary (soup to nuts) each day.

    Today, it is the Glorious Mysteries.

  • T Shaw, good idea about more Rosary Rallies. In 1985 in the twilight of his life Father Peyton led almost 2,000,000 in praying the rosary in Manila. In 2007 Family Theater was part of the Rosary Bowl at the Rose Bowl in Pasedena, even though the stadium was filled, it barely garnered a peep in the mainstream media. Finally, there was another Rosary Rally in Manila in 2009 to mark what would have been the 100th birthday of Father Peyton. Something tells me more people are familiar with him there than here.

    Father Peyton was an amazing man, I heard about his legend first hand when I spoke to Family Theater in 2007 and again last December. There are endless documentaries celebrating what happened in San Francisco in 1967, but barely a peep about the 1961 Rosary Rally. The Archdiocesan Historian for San Francisco named it as the most important event in the Archdiocese’s history. Yet, you can barely find any info on it even from the Archdiocese. This paradoxes amaze me.

    I have been to the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame and there is plenty there about San Francisco, Monterey and Woodstock, even though Woodstock was by all accounts a logistical and an acoustical nightmare. Yet, the pop culture gatekeepers would have us think it sounded as if you were in Carnegie Hall. Have you ever seen a documentary from Catholic sources or otherwise on the 550,000 who came to the Rosary Rally, six years before fewer came to Haight Ashbury?

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Saint Genesius and the Emperor

Sunday, October 4, AD 2009

Saint Genesius

The Emperor was widely regarded as the savior of Rome.  The son of slaves he had fought his way to power against the enemies of Rome.  After a half century of chaos he brought order and unity to Rome, crushing pretenders to the imperial purple and restoring the borders of the Empire against the barbarian tribes.  Under his tetrarchy system Rome would be ruled by two Emperors and two Caesars who would eventually succeed the Emperors.  Peace now reigned in the Empire after decades of strife.  Small wonder that Gaius Aurelius Valerius Diocletianus, better known to history as Diocletian, was hailed as a second Romulus, a second founder of Rome. 

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  • I don’t get the second one… is it an age joke? (Serious, here– the zombie one is easy, but I think I lack the background for the reincarnation one.)

    (FWIW, my favorite political zinger is the “I’m not part of any organized political party, I’m a Democrat!” from Will Rogers, although it seems to have flipped around a bit these days.)

  • The second one was a tribute to the electoral weakness of the Republicans under FDR. Shortly after FDR’s third election as President, in one of the Road pictures, Bob Hope and Bing Cosby are sentenced to jail. When Hope asks for how long he is told, “Until the Republicans get back into the White House!”, to which Hope shrieks, “Oh, no! Life!”.

  • Not to be doing, what people in our church sometimes do, playing the “hero” but

    “….but, above all, he was a comedian,”

    And perhaps above all in this vein, he was an American.